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1 Unit 4: Lesson 3 Please note that these files are subject to copyright, and each Sunday School must own a copy of the Teaching Little Ones: Introducing the Bible CD-ROM in order to use these files. Please do not forward these files or print a copy for anyone who is not a teacher in your Sunday School. You may, of course, print as many copies of the material as are required to teach children the lessons within your Sunday School. See the Copyright.pdf file on the CD-ROM for more details. An introduction to the Introducing the Bible syllabus, including hints and tips for running lessons, can be found in the file Introducing the Bible intro.pdf on the Teaching Little Ones: Introducing the Bible CD-ROM. A list of all activity materials, including photographs, can be found in the file Activity materials.pdf on the Teaching Little Ones: Introducing the Bible CD-ROM. More information about teaching Sunday School to young children can be found in Stephanie Carmichael s book, Their God is so BIG, available from Matthias Media. For more details visit Matthias Media 2005

2 Unit 4: Lesson 3 Crossing the Red Sea Bible reference Exodus 14:1-31 Lesson aim Main message... To help the children understand the miraculous nature of the Israelites departure from Egypt and across the Red Sea. God pushed back the water so Moses and his people could walk across the Red Sea on dry ground. Story preparation See page 27 for instructions for assembling and using the visual aid. Introduction Talk about things that you can and you can t make water do: Can you splash water? Yes. Can you drink water? Yes! Can people swim in water? Yes, but some of us might not be able to swim yet. Can you walk on top of water? No, but you can walk in water if you can reach the bottom. Can you make water stand up and make big walls which stay there? No, you can t make water stand up like a wall it falls down. Today we re going to hear a story from the Bible where God makes water do things that we can t make it do. Story The numbers in brackets refer to the numbers on page 27. Remember last week we heard that God told Moses to go and help the Israelites leave Egypt? When Moses got to Egypt, Moses and his brother Aaron went to the king. Let me read the Bible to see what happened [read Exodus 5:1-2 from your class Bible], Then Moses and Aaron went to the king of Egypt and said, The LORD, the God of Israel, says, Let my people go, so that they can hold a festival in the desert to honour me. Who is the LORD? the king demanded. Why should I listen to him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD; and I will not let Israel go. UNIT 4: MOSES LESSON 3: CROSSING THE RED SEA 24

3 This is very sad. The king doesn t know God. And the king does not want the Israelites to go. It took a long time before the king let the Israelites leave and lots of sad things happened first. Then God made the king let the Israelites leave and God helped them get out of Egypt. [1] The Israelites left Egypt and got to a place near a sea called the Red Sea. [2] The king from Egypt and his army (that s lots and lots of men who are soldiers) came after them, to try to force them to come back to Egypt. [point to picture] This is a picture of the king telling the army to go after the Israelites. They went so fast that we can t see them for all the dust! When the Israelites saw the king and his army chasing them, they were afraid and cried to God for help. Moses said, Don t be afraid. God told Moses to lift up his stick and hold it over the sea. [3] Moses did what God told him to do. He held his hand over the sea and God made a strong wind push the water back. The wind blew all night and turned the sea into dry land. The Israelites were able to walk through the sea on dry ground with a wall of water on each side of them. [4] The king s army went after them into the dry part of the sea. [5] God told Moses to hold his hand over the sea and the water came back. The water covered the king s army. And so the Israelites were safe and could get away. Conclusion... The Israelites did leave Egypt. God pushed back the water so Moses and his people could walk across the Red Sea on dry ground. And God was able to stop the king s army from getting the Israelites. God looked after his people! Action Rhyme... God looked after Moses as a man and a baby. God looked after his people when they came to the Red Sea. God pushed back the water so they could walk across safely. point up (for God ), then clasp hands together reach hand up high and then cradle arms point up, then wiggle all your (upright) fingers make waves with hands point up, then push with hands make walking action with fingers Pray... Dear God, thank you for making the sea stand up so that the Israelites could get across. Thank you that you are in charge of the sea and everything you have made. Amen. UNIT 4: MOSES LESSON 3: CROSSING THE RED SEA 25

4 People in the Bible Show People in the Bible. Point to Moses. Uncover the Red Sea. Say, Here is the water for the Red Sea standing up. This is what we heard in the story today. This is how we ll remember it s Moses because it was Moses who God used to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and through the Red Sea. Activity suggestions 1. Crossing the Red Sea Print page 30 and cut along bold lines and fold along dotted lines as illustrated: children colour or paste water on both sides of the flap cut off these sections fold here cut a slit along this bold line The Israelites go in the slit (attach a strip of cardboard to the picture on page 31 and put cardboard through the slit). children colour or paste water on both sides of the flap Print page 31 and cut out the box with the Israelites for each child. Then attach a strip of cardboard to the back of the picture, extending below the picture, so it can be held. In the lesson, the children make the Red Sea by either colouring both sides of the flap or pasting blue paper pieces on both sides (see diagram above). Once completed, put the Israelites in the slit so that the sea can be lifted up and they can move across the sea on dry ground. 2. The Israelites Before the lesson, print pages 32 and 33. Cut out the two parts of the sea on 33 for each child. In the lesson, the children colour in the two parts of the sea and then colour the Israelites on page 32, colouring the area beside them yellow for the dry ground. Once completed, the teacher attaches the two parts of the Red Sea, each with a split pin at the point marked with a cross (and covers the ends of the split pins with tape for safety). They can be rotated revealing dry ground. An alternative is to only print page 32, and cut off the top half. Paste the lower half on an A3 page for the children to paste blue paper pieces to make walls of water either side of the Israelites. UNIT 4: MOSES LESSON 3: CROSSING THE RED SEA 26

5 3. Picture page Print pages 34 and 35 for each child. They fill them in as follows: (i) draw a picture of Moses holding his stick (ii) colour in the sea (iii) draw the parted sea and the Israelites. Instructions for visual aid: You will need a long strip of yellow cardboard (or a long tabletop or display board). Either print or copy page 28 twice, preferably onto blue paper. Draw waves on the other side of each page. Attach these two pages to the edges of the cardboard so that they overlap like so: Print page 29, colour, and then cut along the line. Blu-tack Moses and the Israelites to the cardboard as shown below. This is the first scene for the story: [1] When indicated in the story at [2] move the Israelites forward and add the Egyptian army: [2] For [3], lift both sides of the sea, roll and blu-tack to upper and lower edges of the cardboard and move Israelites through and blu-tack on the other side: [3] When Israelites are attached to the other side, move the Egyptian army: [4] Then undo the blu-tack on the sea and unroll the sea, covering the Egyptian army: [5] UNIT 4: MOSES LESSON 3: CROSSING THE RED SEA 27

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8 God pushed back the water so Moses and his people could walk across the Red Sea on dry ground. Exodus 14 30

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10 God pushed back the water so Moses and his people could walk across the Red Sea on dry ground. Exodus 14 32

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12 The true story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea is from God s book, the Bible, in Exodus 14. Exodus 14 (i) God told Moses to hold his stick over the sea. (ii) God made the wind blow and push up the water in the sea. 34

13 (iii) The Israelites were able to walk across the Red Sea on dry ground with walls of water on both sides. 35

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